An internal Israeli battle has recently broken out over the right to open commercial premises, including grocery stores, on Saturdays. At the forefront of the case is the municipal law, which the Tel Aviv Municipality approved years ago, allowing some commercial premises to be open under particular circumstances on Saturdays. However, the
law needs to be approved by the ultraorthodox Minister of Interior Arie Deri. The government has re-entrusted Deri with the power of regulating work on Saturdays. In addition to the transportation issue, this is one of the hottest topics in the battle against religious coercion.